The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has made a U-turn on a thorny issue that concerns thousands of women working abroad who are planning a family. After years when mums who commuted to work abroad were refused maternity benefits in the Czech Republic, the ministry has reviewed its policy on the matter and even make a small retro-active amendment. The decision was taken following criticism from the Ombudsman’s Office.
After days of controversy the ruling coalition on Wednesday announced it had reached agreement on the thorniest aspect on the 2016 state budget – the gap in public spending. There is general agreement that next year’s budget deficit should not exceed 70 billion crowns, on the understanding that the government should seek ways to find extra money for increased social spending.